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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 10, 2015 Clinic will add services in stages in 2016 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The long-awaited opening of the Cheney location of the Community Health Association of Spokane, or CHAS, health center is here. The facility, located in the former Jarms Hardware building at 1720 Second Ave. held what might be termed a "soft opening" this past Tuesday, Dec. 8 and is the 13th in the system when considering those with dental care. A Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program grant four months ago put the Cheney location back into the plans for CHAS to revisit this office chief operating officer Aaron Wilson said. "One of the requirements that comes with that grant is you have 120 days to get some level of services up and operational," Wilson said. "That's something we knew going into it that we'd have to fast-track." Initially one primary care medical provider will be on duty. "We're recruiting for an additional three family practice providers," Wilson said. CHAS, like others in the medical field is finding the recruitment process to be "challenging," Wilson said. He does not expect the clinic to be fully staffed until the end of the first quarter of 2016. When complete the Cheney clinic will have 10 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Call it a carpet instal- lation business on ste- roids if you will. And perish the thought that Coast-to- Coast Turf is who you call to have a crew come out and roll out new blue, grass in the yard. The business locat- ed along Interstate 90 at Thomas Mallen Road, with large rolls of turf sitting in a field, does both installations of brand new artificial turf, some that is used, and also sells chunks of recycled fields. Owner Steve Webb, a lifelong resident of Spo- kane, basically bumped into the business, he said. "I was actually in the stock brokerage busi- nesS," Webb said. While the SprinTurf field was being installed in 2002 at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Webb became acquainted with the crew and kept in touch. One day he got a call asking if he was interested in the tear-off of a field. Webb, who played base- ball at Washington State University and had devel- oped a network of coaches in the Northwest, got in touch with them offering deals on sections of turf for batting cages, in the batter's circle and elsewhere: With the experience he has gotten doing small jobs, Webb was told he should start a business installing turf. Contributed from CHAS Architectural rendering of what the Cheney CHAS clinic will look like when finished. The facility opened Dec, 8 with one medical care provider. exam rooms, a pharmacy and six areas offering dental care. "Phase one is getting this medical clinic open," Wilson said. Phase two will include the expansion of the medical clinic with the pharmacy and the third phase is dental. The third phase Will be built mid to late summer. During the future phases of construction, Wilson said they will do what they can to minimize the noise and disruption. If there is a real isstte with construc- tion appointments would be rescheduled on nights or weekends. keeps rolling out th He teamed with the people who installed the G-Prep field and the busi- ness has been a huge suc- cess keeping Webb's two crews more than busy with notable recent instal- lations of football turf at Seattle Memorial Stadium arid a baseball field at the University of Portland. Early in 2016 they will be in Eugene for a softball field project at the Uni- versity of Oregon. Artificial tuff will cel- ebrate its 50th birthday next year with the first installation at the Astro- dome in Houston, Texas, coining the term Astro- Turf. Now there are many turf companies across the nation, many located in the traditional center of household carpet prod- ucts in Georgia. "We were so busy last year we turned down about six fields," Webb said. Last year Webb's crews tore off two different fields, one in Bremerton and at Seattle Memorial Stadium. The tear-out product is what sits in the yard along 1-90. "We sell that through- out the year," he said. Webb said that as soon as he receives permits from Spokane County - something he expected in August - the com- pany will build a 50-foot by 200-foot warehouse to house both new and used turf. Webb plans to also have a baseball diamond, which will act as a sales tool. Used turf sells for about $1 per square foot versus $4-5 for new, Webb said. It's used in all kinds of applications both big and small. Some of it goes into a warehouse space where it becomes an indoor soccer center or a baseball training facility that use 5,000 - 10,000 square feet, or used by falconers, a sur- prisingly popular use in this area, Webb said. An- other unique installation occurred on the Kalispel Indian Reservation for a Pow Wow stadium. When Coast-to-Coast receives an installation contract they also do the tear off. "We'll do about 14 fields this year," Webb said, with each taking three weeks to a month. "We do the turf only, we come in and the base is all done," he added, referencing the lengthy ground preparation done by other contractors. The company installs across the West in Ari- zona, California, Colora- do, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoniing. "Baseball fields take longer because of more square footage, 130,000 square feet compared to 80,000," Webb said. In football each number, hash-mark, logo - any el- ement of a different color -- is cut out by hand and then hand-glued back. Turf has a useful ini- The closest CHAS clinics before Cheney opened were in downtown Spokane at the Denny Murphy facility, or their office on North Maple Street. "The need that we identified was the folks on Medicaid or those that remain uninsured." Wilson said. "That's our target population." It is anticipated after the first two years of op- eration that the Cheney clinic will see 5,000 patients through the doors. Aside from letting people know the clinic is open, the message Wilson said was most important is, "We're recruiting." According to their website, CHAS, founded in 1994, is a non-profit, federally qualified health center providing high-quality medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health services to families and individuals of all ages, regardless of insurance status. They serve approximately 52,000 patients each year throughout Spokane County and the Lewis-Clark Valley. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelangy@chenegfreepress. com. turf Coast-to-Coast Turf owner Steve turf for a variety of applications. tial life of between 9-12 years, Webb said. As with almost anything, that life is dictated by "how well you maintain it." While most turf can be recycled for further use for years, some of it is turned over to a business in Orting, Wash. near Ta- coma where it is ground up and used in a variety of other uses. Paul Delaney carl be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Now through December 31 ~t Hundreds of bolts marked down to $5.99 or less! UP FOR WINIER EVEr, ff Until December 2 l~t Great ~ifts for the sewist on your list EXPERIENCE Oalts . 4 West 1st Ave., Odessa, WA ~-982-2012 th west Photo by Paul Delaney Webb offers both brand new and used artificial DR. JACOB RIDL .... FAMILY DENTISTRY atients Welcome